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Welcome refugees to U.S. territories

First Posted: 7:32 am - November 24th, 2015

Jordan Cooper - Contributing Columnist



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In America, we have to break the myth about terrorism. In America, we have to seek to be informed by the facts rather than what we here from seemingly respectable people.

Those people mean well, but they may misspeak, interpret the wrong information, and as a byproduct of that, misinform the public. In particular, more than 90 percent of terrorist attacks in the world aren’t committed by Muslims.

In fact, almost half of the terrorist attacks were made by Latino-related groups and nearly a quarter from left-wing extremists. So, we cannot necessarily profile all terrorist acts in plain view. Plus, terrorism is not as serious of a problem as other crimes are.

For example, statistics said in 2013 that more Americans died from gun violence than terrorists.

Therefore, we have a public safety issue with people of all ages, races, religions and other demographics that needs to be addressed in a holistic manner. On the other hand, we have stuck our nose in Syria since the civil war there began in 2011.

If we are sending military support there, we need to have a way to protect the people we are fighting for. Plus, there are horrid health hazards that threaten a hefty portion of the Syrian population if they remain there in these circumstances.

There are more than a dozen United States territories that are capable of housing refugees for a short amount of time. The United States could ask nonprofit organizations to supply refugees with supplies and transportation in addition to our support to offset costs for moving to these islands.

On top of this, the background screening shouldn’t be an end-all, be-all.

We have people who work for the FBI who are nonviolent felons, professors who have been convicted of violent crimes too, and White House officials who have been convicted of serious misdemeanors. Given these points, criminality isn’t the elephant in the room when relocating refugees.

It is us willing to have the conscience and care that our founders instilled in us from America’s beginning.

Jordan Thomas Cooper is a 2015 graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is the first African-American to serve in both the governor and lieutenant governor’s office as an aide in South Carolina and has worked on several Republican candidates’ national campaigns.

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Jordan Cooper

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